Last night on Netflix, Daniel and I watched a documentary called Becoming Santa. I have included a YouTube Trailer of the documentary below. Don’t watch this with young kids around as it will ruin their views of what Santa is. However, there is a lot to learn for us adults in this.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this documentary as a gentleman who had lost his parents in the recent years had also lost the Christmas Spirit. Upon cleaning out his Dad’s possessions, he stumbled across a photo of his dad dressed up as Santa. The photo was taken years after his mother had passed. It was something he never knew about his dad. He wondered if his dad was dressing up as Santa to rekindle the Christmas Spirit after the death of his mom. The documentary goes from the transformation of the idea of being Santa to attending Santa School in Denver Colorado. Eventually he finds his way attending live events as Santa Claus. Jack Sanderson assumes the Santa role and learns some really interesting lessons. He tells it the way it is.
The documentary was laced with historical information about Santa Claus, the real person. I have to say, I learned many things about Santa Claus that I didn’t know. I didn’t realize our version in North America is very different to how Santa is viewed else where.
I won’t spoil the movie but there is a point near the end that really hit me hard as Jack came to a realization. The act of kindness, generosity and giving nature of what is portrayed as Santa Claus is in most of us all year long but many of us sideline it and bring it back out at Christmas time. The Christmas Spirit may be the act of giving, but not through gifts, but through the act of giving yourself through your own actions to everyone around you.
Simple things you can do everyday!
- Acknowledge others around you for services you have received.
- If you have received service that met your standards, say thanks and share your appreciation to whomever served you.
- If you are walking passed someone on the sidewalk while taking a leisurely stroll in your neighbor. Make a point to say Hi as you pass.
- Show gratitude and appreciation to your friends. It doesn’t cost a dime.
- Congratulate others for their accomplishments without ‘One Up’ing Them’ with your own news. Let them have their moment. Your time to share will come again in the future.
- For parents, to acknowledge and take a moment to notice something your child did that you really liked. You may just surprise them. Your acknowledgement teaches the children to share appreciation and see how easy it is to do.
I’ve never seen the Christmas Spirit portrayed like that, I’ve always seen it as the act of buying gifts, singing holiday tunes and slaving over the stove at Christmas time as people are stressed out with finances and pressures to be someone that doesn’t exist any other time of year.
To me, this was an awakening moment for me. Not enough money exists for me to give endlessly give to charities. I can do things in my everyday life and my actions online to think of ways to help others before considering myself. Yes, I’m priority one to take care of Daniel and I, but I am not on this planet alone… I can see the difference that is needed to make a better world… I can start with myself to make the changes I want to see.
Instead of wanting the change… I choose to “Be The Change” I believe that is desperately needed today.